They’ll make a movie out of anything: “Space Invaders” video game headed to the big screen
It seems like anything can get the silver screen treatment today. What started with just hugely successful properties like Superman and Batman, has now turned into even small properties are getting a movie deal. These risky ventures have seen varying success - everything from the billion dollar franchise of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN to the box-office flop of SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD.
Yet, even with the failures, studios continue to grab up rights to all the properties they can. The retro 1980s arcade game, Space Invaders is the latest to get the movie treatment.
While it is ranked as the top arcade game of all time by Guinness World Records, it has no built in storyline or mythology. It is simply an old-school shooting game, where the human on Earth has to shoot all of the alien ships out of the sky, while avoiding their lasers as well.
The rights have been optioned and the film will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Gigi Pritzker. They are now looking for a writer to turn this basic premise into an engaging alien invasion tale that doesn't feel stale, while also somehow harkening back to the game.
This is familiar territory for di Bonaventura, he's recent projects have all been rooted in the '80s. He's a producer on the TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE movies, a remake of the 1989 film PET SEMATARY, and he is developing another classic arcade game, Asteroids.
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